Robots will be on hand to help athletes at venues during next year’s winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Korea, it has been announced.
Korea’s Ministry of Trade said that a total of 85 robots will be deployed at venues to provide athletes with information on event schedules, transport links and tourist attractions during the Games. Eleven types of robots will be used in total.
Korean news agency Yonhap said that the machines will also be placed in airports upon athletes’ arrival for the Games, which are scheduled to run from February 9-25.
A so-called humanoid robot will even carry the Olympic torch next week on a route near the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, where it was developed.
The machines will provide information in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese, and draw murals on the walls of stadiums during the games. Other tasks that will be carried out include cleaning and delivering goods.